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  • Audio CD: 4 pages
  • Publisher: Insatiable Press Limited (12 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1624610838
  • ISBN-13: 978-1624610837
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 13.7 x 3 cm


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"Each author in Kristina Wright's Duty and Desiredealt with sensitive topics that are associated with being in the military such as PTSD, death, breaking up with a boyfriend/girlfriend/spouse with tact, sensitivity, and humor to make each of these stories entertaining and believable. Being in the military is not easy whether as the military person or the spouse and it takes a special person to be able to deal with the challenges associated with military life. As an aside, the guy on the front cover...is so hot...whew! I have to fan myself." --Romancing the Book "In the confines of a vintage Mustang, two soldiers just back from Afghanistan head for home. Along the way, they manage to bring new meaning to the phrase "Park and Ride." --Penthouse "Each story tells a unique story easily allowing the reader to slip into this fantasy world engulfing ones senses with pure euphoric pleasure. Each of the writers add their own unique spin on erotica ranging from light and sensitive to bondage providing eighteen short stories to suit any readers personal preference." --Musings with CraloyaKim "This collection of short stories provides both a stimulating collection of erotic tales and a thumbnail sketch of the various challenges that face the men and women who serve their country by being part of the military. The different perspectives provided by this talented group of authors vividly paint a moment in time that gives an opportunity for lovers to escape the harsh reality of war and separation, sometimes even though they are miles apart figuratively or literally. Many of these authors were new to me but all of them have penned a concise and entertaining read. Duty and Desire: Military Erotic Romance" is an anthology of 18 short stories edited by the talented Kristina Wright. This collection of spicy tales gives a glimpse of the sacrifices and challenges that face those who choose to serve their country. The tales range from delightfully carnal encounters to reminders that those who have been wounded still have a libido although their lovers may have to deal with handicaps, physical and/or mental. Among the many enjoyable entries are Delilah Devlin's "The Long Ride Home", a wickedly carnal description of a homecoming for two soldiers whose respective previous relationships didn't survive the stresses of deployment, Christine d'Abo's "Wilco" which is a sizzling tale of the role reversal that takes place when a navy woman takes a dominatrix position over her commander, and Kristina Wright's "For Better or Worse" that reminds us of the sacrifices that are willingly made and the stolen moments that lovers share that helps them make it through their terms of service." -Night Owl Reviews "Be ready to get up close and personal with the military when you pick up this collection. Featuring well-known erotica authors, including Delilah Devlin, J.K. Coi and Christine D'Abo, this anthology will give readers a lot to love. While each story has special meaning, it is Ericka Hiatt's "Fighting for Fresno" that stands out as a passion-filled tale, with incredible intimacy and beautifully raw emotion. The 18 short stories that make up this collection take place in different countries and even different times. Many of the stories are heterosexual relationships, but there is also the occasional same-sex couple. The anthology's uniting element is the fact that each couple featured includes military personnel." --RT Book Reviews "Wright, herself a Navy wife, assembles 18 red-hot tales of men and women in uniform that range from WWII-era Russia to modern-day Afghanistan. While celebrating the valor, not to mention hotness, of those who serve their country, this anthology commendably covers darker issues, including post-traumatic stress syndrome and serious injuries, and love of all kinds, both straight and gay. Perhaps most touching is Sacchi Green's "Sergeant Rae," about two female soldiers sharing their lives together after one becomes a paraplegic saving the other's life in Iraq. Other standouts include Christine d'Abo's "Wilco," which serves up BDSM with a twist-a female junior officer and her submissive male superior-and Michelle Augello-Page's "Home," about a soldier deployed to Afghanistan having a hot webcam tryst with his stateside wife. This touching and realistic lineup is highly recommended. (Dec.)" --Publishers Weekly "In Duty and Desire, love comes fast and hard. From the quintessential military man, to the women who don a uniform and serve beside them, and the loved ones who wait at home for their return, both in the past and the present, the stories in Duty and Desire have it all." --Cat Johnson, author of Red Blooded --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kristina Wright had no idea what to expect from military life when she married an enlisted Navy sailor after a whirlwind long distance courtship just three months before the first Gulf War. She can say it may not be for everyone, but it's a hell of a ride! In the over two decades since they said "I do," her husband James has worked his way up the ranks to Lieutenant Commander and she has become an award-winning author whose erotic fiction has appeared in over 90 anthologies. They have lived in three states, endured seven deployments (two while her husband was assigned to Navy Special Warfare) and countless months of underway training exercises and counter narcotics operations, made the happy transition from "snail" mail to e-mail and had two children. Their first son was born in 2009 while James was on an eight month deployment to the Middle East, but he was lucky enough to be stateside when their second son was born in 2011. Inspired by her South Florida roots and tales of drug running and espionage, Kristina received the Golden Heart Award for Romantic Suspense from the Romance Writers of America for her first novel. She is also the editor of six other Cleis Press anthologies, including the best selling Fairy Tale Lust and Best Erotic Romance. She currently lives with her husband and sons in Hampton Roads, VA, home to the legendary SEAL Team Six and the largest naval base in the world. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
B overall rating.... 22 Dec. 2012
By Smitten with Reading - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Title: The Long Ride Home
Author: Delilah Devlin
My Rating: B+
A Little about the Story: A hot little piece about 2 soldiers finally home where they can let off steam without the strictures of regulations to hold them back.

Title: Night Witch
Author: Connie Wilkins
My Rating: B-
A Little about the Story: After the crash of her plane, Yelena finds safe harbor and much more in this wounded soldier's home.

Title: Shattered
Author: Shanna Germain
My Rating: D
A Little about the Story: This piece was too dark for me to enjoy, but the prose is interesting. It has an almost poetic feel to it.

Title: The Grunt and the Ditty Bop
Author: Craig J. Sorenson
My Rating: C
A Little about the Story: There were a ton of similes in this story...to the point that it got annoying. Overall it was an interesting little read though.

Title: Fighting for Fresno
Author: Ericka Hiatt
My Rating: B
A Little about the Story: Interesting story about a hook-up. The story jumps back and forth between the present (in the bedroom) and the past (the date). A really creative method for telling the story.

Title: Homecoming
Author: Kelly Maher
My Rating: A
A Little about the Story: A gorgeous, emotional story of what happens when the most inconceivable news possible arrives.

Title: Passing Out Passion
Author: Lucy Felthouse
My Rating: A
A Little about the Story: A great little story about a couple who lost each other several years before and now have a second chance at love.

Title: Against the Wall
Author: Catherine Paulssen
My Rating: B
A Little about the Story: Enemies find passion for a single night in a rainstorm. Fun read.

Title: The Thunder of War
Author: Anya Richards
My Rating: B
A Little about the Story: A soldier suffering from PTSD and nightmares has problems separating his erotic dreams from reality.

Title: Sergeant Rae
Author: Sacchi Green
My Rating: C
A Little about the Story: An f/f story which I never read so it was hard to review. Two former soldiers who were both wounded, one more permanently than the other.

Title: Dead on Her Feet
Author: Elizabeth L. Brooks
My Rating: A-
A Little about the Story: A beautiful coming home for a female soldier from the warzone. Her boyfriend has a huge surprise for her at the airport on her way home.

Title: Out of Time
Author: J. K. Coi
My Rating: A+
A Little about the Story: A wounded soldier and another about to deploy who make a connection during his recovery. A really romantic story.

Title: Done
Author: Charlotte Stein
My Rating: C+
A Little about the Story: Hmm, what an interesting twist after a story that was almost too hard to read because of the lack of feeling. It makes it hard to rate.

Title: Wilco
Author: Christine D'Abo
My Rating: A+
A Little about the Story: Best story in the whole anthology. Really, seriously HOT!

Title: Christmas Presents
Author: Mercy Loomis
My Rating: A
A Little about the Story: An m/m story during the era of Don't Ask, Don't Tell. Really sweet.

Title: Snake Dance
Author: Lynn Townsend
My Rating: A
A Little about the Story: A waitress in Vegas helps an airman fighting his nausea after too many beers and they both get much more than they expected.

Title: Home
Author: Michelle Augello-Page
My Rating: B-
A Little about the Story: The difficulty of being the military spouse at home alone.

Title: For Better or Worse
Author: Kristina Wright
My Rating: A-
A Little about the Story: Two active duty married soldiers finally get to see each other again in the middle of their six month deployment.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Devastating and Beautiful 11 Aug. 2013
By Danni Brigante - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've read a lot of erotica but have never picked up a collection of erotic romance, so when the opportunity to read & review this book, I jumped at it.

I am so happy that I did. Kristina Wright has collected a wonderful cross section of stories showcasing the incredible men & women who choose to serve their country in the armed forces, and by extension, the people (military and civilian) who love them.

The sex is hot - the romance aspect of the guidelines did absolutely nothing to dilute that. The depth of emotion behind each story actually made the the sexual aspects hotter because they were more meaningful. Despite the differences between the stories, each one does manage to find a way to catch at the heart. Quite a few of them made me choke up, and couple actually made me cry.

The biggest surprise for me was the breadth of time and setting these stories covered. Plenty dealt with the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, but other time periods were represented as well. Two of my favorite pieces were Catherine Paulson's "Against the Wall", which described an encounter during the construciton of the Berlin Wall; and Connie Wilkins' "Night Witch", which followed a member of a Russian all-female flight squad fighting the Germans during World War II.

The standout, though, was Shanna Germain's "Shattered", which showed the aftermath of war and the consequences both on the bodies of the fighters and the relationships that resume once an injured soldier comes home. Absolutely beautiful & devastating - this one was defintely a "cry on the subway" story.

Definitely one of the strongest collections I've read recently - highly recommended.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Reverential and filled with universal eroticism and connection 12 Jan. 2013
By Emerald - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'll be honest--I felt a slight twinge of apprehension about this book. I personally feel deeply disturbed by war and by what seems to be humanity's collective propensity to see it as inevitable. I felt a small degree of concern that I might see the final version of this anthology as filled with "us vs. them" bravado, anti-"enemy" sentiment, and/or lacking the considerable reverence I feel even a peripheral association with the topic of war calls for.

In reading this collection, I discovered my concerns to be unfounded. Never in these stories did I feel that a reverence for this theme wavered in a way I found discomfiting. This I found not only a relief but also something that noticeably impressed me, and I appreciate the sensitivity with which I feel the editor compiled this anthology, as well as the depth and sincerity the authors brought to each of the contributions within it.

I found this book beautiful, and I feel the authors in it outdid themselves, offering stories of a world with which some of us are wholly unfamiliar and possibly can hardly imagine and illuminating what is both unique to that and what is universal. The expression of this universality--namely, that of erotic and personal connection, and its capacity to arise under virtually any circumstances--is something I see as a hallmark of successful erotica writing. This volume, as I experienced it, is full of that, and I recommend _Duty and Desire_ without any of the reservations I thought I might have.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you're in the military or love someone in the military, buy this book 22 Aug. 2013
By Natalie Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I received this book and then promptly forgot about it because I hid it under my bed. I'm repressed, and I have a teenager and a preteen in the house, and I can't get over the idea that it's totally okay for women to read erotica. I wasn't even raised with a shame-based religion, so I don't know why I'm like this! Anyway, when I remembered I had it, I took it out of the chained up lockbox under the bed (only slightly joking) and sat down on the couch in the bedroom to read it.

And that's where my husband found me an hour later when he got home from work.

As a military spouse, this book spoke to me. And not just because it contains super hot stories. In some ways, the sex is a sidebar. I could see myself in some of the stories, and I remembered how it felt to be alone during a deployment.

My husband is glad I own this book and that's all I'm going to say about that.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Exceptionally fulfilling 24 July 2013
By QuixoticOrchid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Cops, firemen, of all the alpha male superheros starring in every woman's fantasies, members of the military rank highest on my favorites list. Right away, the cover made me have to wipe the first signs of sweat off my brow. I was instantly drawn in ... but could the pages keep up with the first impression? Yes. I knew this book would be just the kind of emotional fix I needed when I read the introduction by Kristina Wright (her story of watching her husband deploy and being able to identify him amongst many in the exact same uniform). The stories were great at catching the on the edge of everything involved with being and loving a solider. Everything is more intense - duty, need, love. The longing and darkness, a darkness that much darker before the light that's that much brighter. This book is a beyond fulfilling read.
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